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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 05 Rocket Attack USA

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Films watched: The Phantom Creeps (Film Serial) Chapter 2 and Rocket Attack U.S.A.

This is the first MST3K episode to include a stinger at the end of the episode.

It is available on Shout! Factory TV here.

The Segments:

  • Joel sands the sides of Tom's head down, making it perfectly cylindrical so he looks "kind of like that guy from House Party." Then he goes a little bonkers selling Tom additional "hair"-care products.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • Gypsy ate Joel's first invention (the Mexican Jumping Bean-Bag Chair), so he produced an adding machine which prints out candy strips instead, to make taxes fun. The Mads combine a foosball table with good ol' H2O to create water polo.

Segment 2

  • In preparation for the film's political commentary, Joel gives the 'Bots a lesson on the Cold War, starting with the Charlie McCarthy hearings. Bet you didn't know just how many beloved puppets and animation stars of The '50s were involved.

Segment 3

  • A parody quiz game called Civil Defense Quiz Bowl, where all the contestants wrap themselves in tinfoil. The final round is "Fallout Elimination".

Segment 4

  • Just as the US and Soviet Union had their space race, so too did the Soviets also send a man and his two robot pals — in this case, cosmonaut Sari Andropoli with two inoperable 'bots — into space. His sense of humor is lacking.

Segment 5

  • The SOL crew can't stop speaking their grievances with the film over each other, but a deep breath later, they go on a long tirade. The fan letter, including a photo of a stuffed bunny, doesn't improve the mood. The Mads ignore their tirade and go see Madame Sousatzka instead.

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